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Apple’s Next-gen iPhone will Feature In-cell Touch Panels

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Last Friday, it was rumored that Apple’s supply chain revealed the company’s intention of adopting in-cell touch panels from Sharp and Toshiba Mobile Display for its next-generation iPhone. According to reports, it was the improvement in yield rates that pushed the iPhone maker from choosing Japan-based panel manufacturers.

On-cell Technology vs. In-cell Technology

Further rumors stated that Sharp is likely to produce panels from its 5.5G production lines, while TMD will use its 6G lines. They are expected to begin manufacturing glass panels for Apple on the second quarter of this year. Assuming that these claims are true, choosing to adapt in-cell technology will have an impact to Apple’s current touch panel suppliers. It was reported that TPK Holdings and Wintek are focusing on glass-on-glass solutions instead of in-cell technology.

On the other hand, DisplaySearch analyst Davis Hsieh told the reports during their Taiwan Flat Panel Display Conference last April 19 that although Taiwanese suppliers are working on creating in-cell touch panel technology, Japanese makers run faster. Industry website Focus Taiwan also noted his explanation that, “compared with on-cell technology, touch panels that use in-cell technology can be made thinner because the touch sensors are actually placed inside the color filters rather than on top of them.”

Apple: Working Closer with Sharp

Aside from the in-cell touch panel rumors, one analyst believes that Apple considered purchasing a stake from Sharp to work closely with them. But it turns out that it was Foxconn who bought a 10% share from the LCD manufacturer.

This could be due to claims that they want to target orders for Apple Television. The Cupertino-based company is said to be interested with Sharp’s IGZO technology for larger television displays, as well as mobile devices like the iPhone and iPad.

LTE Connectivity and Faster Processor on Next-gen iPhone

During the past few days, there were rumors suggesting that Apple will release its upcoming handset sometime this fall. If that will be the case, then the next-generation iPhone will be launched a year after iPhone 4S was made available to the public. However, there were also allegations that the company will unveil its mobile phone this summer.

Expected to be a significant upgrade from iPhone 4S, the next-generation iPhone is said to feature a faster processor and Qualcomm’s 4G LTE chip that can support data and voice transaction. Other than that, the handset is alleged to boast Liquidmetal Technology’s liquidmetal back panel created instead of glass.

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